A pop-up speakeasy inspired by the prohibition era and the secret bars of New York has opened this weekend in Cardiff, but even if you can find it; you won’t be able share the evidence! In order to keep the secret feel of the pop-up, there’s a ban on all phones, cameras and social media inside until December.
Guests can book a space in the intimate pop-up by contacting @DTACardiff on Twitter. They will then be given more clues as to its whereabouts, and a password that will allow them to get in through a secret entrance.
The creative team behind the idea are Tim Dickle and Sian Jenkins, the same people responsible for the imaginative décor inside the DEPOT Cardiff warehouse. Sian explained that the aim of ‘The White Rabbit’:
“We wanted to create somewhere special and intimate where people can fully enjoy the whole experience; talk amongst each other and take in their surroundings rather than spending their time attached to their phones.”
Tim continued, “With social media, nothing ever stays a secret for long anymore, so we wanted to give people a chance to discover this for themselves without seeing thousands of pictures on Facebook before they even arrive!”
Nick Saunders, the 24-year-old founder of DEPOT Cardiff (who makes me feel like a failure for not having had my own street-food Warehouse at his age – haha!) explained why DEPOT got involved in the project.
“At DEPOT, we’re all about bringing new and different ideas to Cardiff. We loved the idea of a secret speakeasy that people had to follow clues to find, and naturally wanted to help bring it to life. Although it’s a small space, our Warehouse is close by, so the people who can’t get a seat in the bar right away can come and have a beer and a bite to eat with us at the DEPOT Winter Social while they wait.”
‘The White Rabbit’ will be open every Friday and Saturday from now until Christmas, and entry is for guests with reservations and a password only. I managed to sneak in on opening night, and all I can say is, it’s worth the extra effort! 🙂